April 9, 2014

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But what WORKS? Vocabulary and Debate in Education

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A recent post on Chronicle of Higher Education by Casting Out Nines blogger Robert Talbert addressed the need for some common definitions of flipped classrooms and flipped learning.  We have spoken about flipping the classroom here before, and since this initial post more and more WPI faculty have been experimenting with these models.  Many lessons […]

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March 19, 2014

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A Little Problem Editing WMV (And solution)

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Disclaimer: Jim cannot fix your computer; Jim is sharing a solution he found to a problem that popped up on campus. If Jim’s solution does not work for your computer, Jim is probably not the right person to contact. Hi folks, Quick post, in case anyone out there is still suffering from a problem that […]

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January 28, 2014

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Discussion Board Enhancements

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About Discussions The latest version of blackboard 9.1 brought with it several enhancements including a facelift in the Discussion Board.  The Discussion Board has all of the old features we know and love with an all new interface! According to Blackboard: Highlights include: All posts on one page – all of the posts in a […]

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January 15, 2014

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That’s What We Are Here For!

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Yesterday I had one of what we call our “great meetings”.  I met with two faculty (don’t worry, they shall not be named here) who identified some of their teaching challenges.  We spent our time discussing the following topics: 1.  Grading multiple choice exams.  How can we cut down on grading time while also gathering […]

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December 13, 2013

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Attention all Blackboard Social Users – New EULA

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Do you use the Blackboard Social tools?  Are you used to seeing a small image of your choosing in the upper right hand corner of your screen?  If so, you may have noticed that this image was gone as of this morning.  What the heck happened? Blackboard has issues an update to their End User […]

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December 11, 2013

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New Resource! Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

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Blackboard, the software behind myWPI, has hosted a series of webinars over the past few months focused on how to best use the tool for teaching.  The series is now available on YouTube:  Click HERE! These recordings are hosted by a variety of individuals, including Blackboard experts and faculty.  The topics vary from “Best Practices […]

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November 6, 2013

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The more things change…use of media in the classroom.

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This term I am taking a course that covers the history of educational technology.  You may hear more from me on the topic!  One of the themes that keeps striking me repeatedly is the pattern we have suffered in this field.  The challenges I face in my role today, such as a lack of a […]

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October 3, 2013

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Conducting an Online Survey? Qualtrics is the tool for you.

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What is it?  Qualtrics’ Research Suite is an online survey software solution for WPI Students, Faculty, and Staff that allows users to collect, analyze and act on relevant data. Who is eligible to create surveys?  All WPI Community Members with an @wpi.edu email address! How do I get there? https://wpi.qualtrics.com Where can I learn more? […]

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September 19, 2013

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Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Date Management

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Setting availability dates manually has always been a bit of a hassle—you’d have to click the contextual menu for an item, edit it, and change the date there. That’s really time-consuming, especially if you’ve just migrated a whole new course site. Thankfully, a new Blackboard tool helps us shorten that process. The Date Management tool […]

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September 11, 2013

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Test Exceptions

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The latest version of Blackboard 9.1 introduces a long sought after feature – Test Exceptions! Have a student who needs extra time? Would you like to control the way feedback is displayed in a granular fashion? Well now you can all on one screen! When deploying a test you will now have access to two […]

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